Dunehawk Concept

The potent 3.5-litre V6 engine develops 206 kW (280 PS) and is mounted behind the front axle to provide the optimum static front to rear weight distribution. Drive is to the rear wheels. It gives the 350Z a top speed electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph) while the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint takes less than 6 seconds.

Fundamental to the growth of the Nissan brand in Europe, the return of the Z-car – the 350Z is the fifth generation of the iconic sports car in just over three decades – has already sold well over one thousand units across Europe since its debut at the Geneva motor show this year.

Central to the continued rise in Nissan’s European sales is the expansion of the firm’s diesel range. Being shown at Frankfurt before sales start in October, is a new 60 kW (82 PS) version of the Micra 1.5 dCi, which follows the introduction of the 48 kW variant of the same engine earlier this year. The launch of the 60 kW 1.5 dCi Micra completes a phase of diesel engine introductions giving Nissan a competitive diesel engine option in every sector of the market – from Micra to the mighty Patrol GR. The diesel range now consists of no fewer than four different displacements: 1.5-, 2.2-, 2.5-, and 3.0-litre, with eight different outputs.

For the first time in Europe Nissan is also showcasing its future technologies. A fuel cell powered X-TRAIL prototype will be displayed, fresh from the completion of its road test programme. Being 100% environmentally friendly with zero emissions, Fuel Cell technology is widely tipped to be key to the future of personal transport. Nissan’s pioneering vehicle will form the basis of an FCV which will go into test production this year.

Published : 25/07/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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